Ratings: ‘Empire’ Scores a Win for Fox on Night of No Premieres

CBS takes total viewers with “Survivor,” “SEAL Team” and “Criminal Minds”


“Empire” reigned in ratings once more, leading Fox to another Wednesday win in the key 18-49 demographic.

CBS took the total-viewer crown again, with David Boreanaz’s “SEAL Team” drafting the most overall eyeballs on the evening.

All of that was pretty consistent with last week. This time around, there were no season premieres on broadcast television.

We did have a first last night, however: “Modern Family” caught up to “Empire” in the main demo to tie as primetime’s No. 1 show. There are a few caveats, though. For starters, the ABC sitcom is only half as long as the Fox drama, which helps in averages. Plus, “Empire” just moved up from 9 o’clock to 8 o’clock, so some “live” viewers may still be missing it.

Either way, Fox was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 5.23 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.9/8 and 5.8 million total viewers. “Star” at 9 had a 1.4/5 and 4.6 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.3/5. CBS was first in total viewers with 7.5 million, ABC was fourth with 5.21 million

For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 put up a 1.6/6 and 8 million viewers. At 9, “SEAL Team” landed a 1.2/5 and 8.4 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 10 received a 1.1/4 and 6.2 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 got a 1.6/7 and 5.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” had a 1.3/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 scored a 1.9/7 and 6.3 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Housewife” whipped up a 1.4/5 and 4.9 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 targeted a 0.9/4 and 4.8 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4, but second in viewers with 5.9 million. “The Blacklist” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 5.8 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” had a 1.3/5 and 5.8 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 locked up a 1.2/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million, airing all reruns.